digital health

Cricket Health Secures $83.5M to Expand Value-Based Kidney Care Model to Health Plans

What You Should Know: – Cricket Health, a San Francisco, CA-based provider of value-based kidney care with a clinically-proven approach to managing chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), today announced it has raised $83.5 million in Series B funding round led by Valtruis with a strategic investment from Blue Shield of California. …

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Vera Whole Health Lands $50M from JP Morgan’s Morgan Health

What You Should Know: – Today, Morgan Health, JPMorgan Chase’s business focused on improving employee healthcare, today announced a $50M investment in Vera Whole Health, a CD&R portfolio company that is leading the critical shift to value-based employer-provided healthcare across the United States. – Vera is the only care model with the capability to deliver …

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Kroger Health Taps Lyft to Provide Americans with Access to Rides to COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

What You Should Know: – Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co. today announced their partnership with Lyft Healthcare, Inc., the healthcare subsidiary of rideshare company Lyft, Inc., to provide access to discounted rides to and from COVID-19 vaccine appointments. – This partnership is part of Lyft’s Vaccine Access Program and Kroger Health’s …

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Rad AI Startup Sirona Medical Emerges from Stealth with $22.5M, Partnerships

What You Should Know: – Sirona Medical, a San Francisco, CA-based company founded on a deep understanding of both the practice and business of radiology, today announced partnerships with radiology practices across the country to develop and bring to market its novel radiology operating system (RadOS). – Sirona’s collaboration with five leading national practices including …

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How Technology Is Powering the Future of Personalized Health

Wilson To, Worldwide Lead for Healthcare, Life Sciences and Genomics at Amazon Web Services Unprecedented innovation and collaboration across the healthcare industry in the past year has presented a clear direction towards a patient experience that is precise, personalized, and human. The consumer-first mindset and the digital technologies that transformed e-commerce are changing healthcare as …

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RV Health Acquires Healthgrades.com from Mercury Healthcare – M&A

What You Should Know: – RV Health, a Red Ventures business, has acquired Healthgrades.com from Mercury Healthcare, the new brand for the separate enterprise-wide technology and data platform for health systems formerly known as Healthgrades, which will remain a separate business. – Healthgrades.com is the leading online marketplace to find and connect with the right …

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Cedar Appoints Krishna Rao as Chief Financial Officer

What You Should Know: – Cedar, a New York City-based innovative healthcare financial technology platform, announced it has named Krishna Rao as Cedar’s first Chief Financial Officer (CFO). – Rao brings over 15 years of experience growing businesses, most recently serving as Global Head of Corporate and Business Development for Airbnb. In this role, he …

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Fresenius launches VR-based training for home dialysis patients

Fresenius has launched a virtual reality based training programme for people undergoing home dialysis in Germany, its home market, ahead of a rollout in other countries later this year. The VR system – called stay•safe MyTraining VR – is designed for use in patients undergoing  peritoneal dialysis, which uses the peritoneum in a person’s abdomen …

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INVEST Digital Health preview: What’s the recipe for a successful social determinants program?

SDoH is just one of the topics at the MedCity INVEST Digital Health conference, a virtual event scheduled for September 20-23, in collaboration with Medical Alley.

SMA Awareness Month: How pharma and digital solutions can improve patient care

Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a rare disease affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord. It’s a debilitating condition that affects 1 per 8,000 to 10,000 people worldwide, impacting their ability to walk, eat, and breathe. SMA Type 1 represents an estimated 50% of all cases, for which life expectancy is less than …

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Air Methods Launches Drone Solution to Improve Healthcare Access & Minimize Supply Challenges

What You Should Know: – Air Methods, the nation’s largest air medical provider, today announced the launch of Spright, a newly formed drone solution, designed to help improve healthcare access and minimize supply challenges. Collaborating with Wingcopter, an industry-leading German drone manufacturer, Spright will create a first-of-its-kind, drone-based, urgent healthcare resource delivery network across the United …

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Abbott bags FDA okay for AI-based heart imaging software

The FDA has approved an artificial intelligence-based imaging software developed by Abbott that is used to help physicians carry out procedures like implanting stents to open up narrowed blood vessels in the heart.  Abbott‘s Ultreon software is billed as a first-of-its-kind platform that is designed to be used with optical coherence tomography (OCT), an imaging …

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FDA gives breakthrough status to Biofourmis’ heart failure DTx

A digital therapeutic for patients with heart failure has been awarded breakthrough device status by the FDA – said by its developer Biofourmis  to be the first time the US regulator has given this designation for this type of product. Boston-based Biofourmis claimed the accolade for its BiovitalsHF prescription digital therapeutic (DTx), which is used …

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Withings Devices Integrates with One Drop App for Multi-Condition Employer Program

What You Should Know: – One Drop and Withings have announced a strategic partnership to integrate One Drop’s AI-powered chronic condition management platform with Withing’s suite of smart medical device. Through this integration partnership, members enrolled in the One Drop employer program can qualify to receive a Withings Body smart scale or a Withings BPM Connect smart blood pressure monitor in addition to the One Drop glucose meter.  – Withings devices integrates directly with One Drop app, allowing members to seamlessly measure and monitor weight and …

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Biofourmis Earns FDA Breakthrough Device Designation for Digital Therapeutic for Heart Failure

What You Should Know: – Biofourmis, a Boston-based global leader in virtual care and digital therapeutics, announced its BiovitalsHF® solution is the first-ever heart failure digital therapeutic to receive a Breakthrough Device designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). – The Breakthrough Devices Program was created to provide patients and providers with timely …

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Medtronic Awarded FDA Clearance for 2 AI Algorithms for Cardiac Monitoring

What You Should Know: – Medtronic announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for two AccuRhythm™ AI algorithms for use with the LINQ II™ insertable cardiac monitor (ICM) – and the presentation of AccuRhythm AI validation data this week at Heart Rhythm 2021. – AccuRhythm AI applies artificial intelligence (AI) to heart rhythm event …

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PE Firm Aquiline Capital Partners Acquires Telemedicine Provider Avera eCare

What You Should Know: – Telemedicine services provider Avera eCare announced it has been acquired by private equity firm Aquiline Capital Partners with $6.4B in assets under management. As part of the acquisition, Aquiline will execute the carve-out of Avera eCare and rename the company Avel eCare. Closing is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2021. – Avel eCare’s …

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NIH digital tool aims to boost enrolment into Alzheimer’s studies

With a string of new drugs for Alzheimer’s disease making their way through late-stage clinical testing, the demand for suitable subjects to enrol into trials is running at an all-time high – and threatens to outstrip supply. Now, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) – part of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) – …

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Amwell dials in deals worth $320m to buy two digital health players

US telehealth group Amwell has agreed to buy two digital health specialists – SilverCloud Health and Conversa Health – as it looks to expand its services amid a boom in virtual healthcare delivery. SilverCloud specialises in digital cognitive behavioural health programmes aimed at people with mental health issues like anxiety and depression, while Conversa offers …

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Exo Raises $220M to Commercialize Handheld, Point-of-Care Ultrasound Device

What You Should Know: – Exo (pronounced “echo”), a pioneering health information and devices company, announced it has raised $220M in Series C investment round led by RA Capital Management and joined by BlackRock, Sands Capital, Avidity Partners and Pura Vida Investments. – The funding will fund the commercialization of its patented handheld medical device …

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Health Tech VC Firm Nina Capital Launches $47.4M Second Fund, Closes 5 Investments

What You Should Know: – Nina Capital, a health tech venture capital (VC) firm, announced its last five investments of its first fund and the launch of its second fund, Nina Capital Fund II FCRE, with an investment goal of EUR 40 ($47.4M). – Nina Capital was founded in 2019 with its inaugural fund, Nina …

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3 Ways IoT is Empowering Modern Healthcare Industry Today

Ajay Rane, VP of Global Ecosystem Development, Sigfox Today’s healthcare systems are nothing like their predecessors of even a decade ago, and their growth is due, in large part, to the rapid evolution of technology. In recent years, e-health—the digital services that make it possible to improve the well-being of individuals, whether to prevent, diagnose …

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Amwell Acquires Conversa Health & SilverCloud Health – M&A

What You Should Know: – Amwell®, a telehealth leader, today announced that it has signed definitive agreements to acquire SilverCloud Health, a leading digital mental health platform, and Conversa Health, a leader in automated virtual healthcare. – By adding the technology of these two companies to its virtual care platform, Amwell is greatly enhancing the …

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SonderMind Raises $150M to Expand Tech-Enabled Behavioral Health Platform

What You Should Know: – SonderMind Inc., a Denver, CO-based provider in improving mental health clinical outcomes and making behavioral health more accessible to all Americans, today announced it has raised $150M in Series C financing co-led by new investors Drive Capital and Premji Invest, with participation from General Catalyst, Partners Group, Smash Ventures, Kickstart, and …

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Why digital doctors are crucial for the future of primary care

Our primary care system is weathering a storm on several fronts. Demand is skyrocketing, with GPs delivering millions more appointments than in previous years and workload far outstripping pre-Covid-19 levels. Dr Dan Bunstone explores how innovation can help GPs overcome the current capacity squeeze in primary care and tackle patient backlog. Despite the misconception that general …

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UK’s Peppy raises £6.6m for workplace digital health platform

A £6.6 million ($9.2 million) cash injection for UK digital health company Peppy will be used to scale up its business-to-business platform and expand its reach and range of services. The Series A financing, led by Felix Capital, will help the company reach more organisations and people in the UK, and also allow it to …

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Aptar makes digital health play, agreeing deal to buy Voluntis

Drug delivery specialist Aptar Group has agreed a deal to take a near two-thirds share in Voluntis, a French developer of digital therapeutics (DTx), with a view to taking full control of the company later this year. Illinois-headquartered Apar – which makes inhalers, syringe components, eye drop bottles and other delivery systems for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics …

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Leveraging Digital Health to Assist Developing Countries’ Health Systems

Ran Poliakine, CEO and Co-Founder of Nanox Vaccine rollouts are picking up steam and many parts of the world are gradually beginning to relax restrictions and reopen their economies. While this welcome news is cause for celebration, it is crucial for decision-makers in developed countries to understand the reality: for the most part, it is …

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M&A: Komodo Health Acquires Breakaway Partners to Improve Patient Access

What You Should Know: – Today, Komodo Health announces the acquisition of Breakaway Partners to improve patient access to effective therapies. The acquisition brings together Komodo’s Healthcare Map and software suite with Breakaway Partners’ industry-leading formulary data, policy criteria, and analytics software to create the industry’s first prescription drug access business solution based on a comprehensive, real-time view of real-world outcomes …

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Google’s DeepMind puts human proteome online for free

The most complete database of protein structures ever assembled, developed with the help of Google’s artificial intelligence unit DeepMind, has been made freely available to researchers around the world. DeepMind partnered with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) to come up with the AlphaFold database, which predicts the three-dimensional structures of the human proteome – …

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Happify rolls out digital therapeutic for anxiety, depression under temporary FDA guidance

Happify is making its app-based treatment available to patients thanks to a loosened FDA guidance last year that lets digital health companies targeting some behavioral health conditions release their product without clearance. The company is launching an investigational study to get data for a future FDA submission.

Digital tools key to immuno-oncology’s future: report

If ASCO 2021 proves anything, it’s that the explosion in immuno-oncology therapies over the last few years shows no signs of slowing down. As the field becomes more crowded, digital tools may be critical for improving outcomes, says a new whitepaper. The whitepaper, ‘The Role of Digital Health in Immuno-oncology Therapy Development and Adoption’ from …

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Happify launches Ensemble DTx for depression, anxiety in US

Happify Health has launched a prescription digital therapeutic (DTx) – called Ensemble – that can assist the treatment of people with both major depressive disorder and generalised anxiety disorder in the US market. The 10-week smartphone or PC based programme is the first and only prescription DTx for both indications, which according to the digital …

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Digital mental health specialist Woebot raises $90m

Investments in digital health firms are running high at the moment, and a $90 million round for four-year-old Woebot and its artificial intelligence-powered platform for people with mental health ties firmly into that trend. The California-based startup has now raised $114 million from investors, and says it will use the new cash injection to further …

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Crowdsourced science refines AI prediction of clinical trial outcomes

Think of the R&D dollars that could be saved if artificial intelligence (AI) modelling could tell you at an early stage whether a drug was likely to succeed in clinical trials, and ultimately reach the market. In 2019, a team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US came up with just such a …

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Dopavision raises €12m for DTx to tackle myopia epidemic

Digital therapeutics (DTx) startup Dopavision has raised funding to develop its lead product, an app designed to slow the progression of myopia – or short-sightedness – in children or adolescents. The €12 million series round, led by Seventure Partners and backed by investors including Novartis, Boehringer Ingelheim and Abbax Health, will be used to fund …

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Enabling healthcare’s digital future

Debiopharm Innovation Fund’s Tanja Dowe on investing in digital health start-ups and supporting them on their rollercoaster rides to improve patient outcomes The weight of expectation hangs heavy over the digital health sector. Even before COVID-19 struck, shattering established societal and healthcare norms, much was expected from start-ups that could combine health and tech. Now, …

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Virtual GP clinics – are they accessible as they need to be?

As the the pandemic accelerates a move towards remote doctors appointments, work still needs to be done to ensure that digital healthcare is easy and accessible. Sam Jansen explores the practical steps needed to ensure people are comfortable with virtual clinics and the tech involved. Behind the swathe of headlines lauding the way in which …

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AI-driven ‘clock’ predicts aging-related illness and mortality

Scientists in the US have developed an artificial intelligence-powered ‘clock’ that can estimate a person’s chance of developing an illness or dying based on the pattern of cytokines in their blood. The “inflammatory age” or iAge clock – described in the journal Nature Aging – uses a snapshot of the level of chronic inflammation in …

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Teladoc Health Integrates Solo platform with Microsoft Teams for Health Systems

What You Should Know: – Teladoc Health announced a collaboration with Microsoft in which Teladoc Health’s Solo platform for hospitals and health systems will be integrated into the Microsoft Teams environment to strengthen physician and patient access to best-in-class virtual healthcare. – The combination of communications and workflows in Microsoft Teams with Teladoc Health’s medical-grade whole-person virtual care delivery solutions will simplify the …

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Carrot gets FDA nod for over-the-counter use of smoking cessation device

The digital health startup received FDA clearance for its carbon monoxide sensor to be used for smoking cessation without oversight from a healthcare provider.  The expanded indication came after Carrot submitted the results of a single-arm study claiming its device increased people’s motivation to quit smoking. 

Israeli Startup Aidoc Raises $65M for AI-Powered Medical Imaging Platform

What You Should Know: –  Aidoc, a Tel Aviv-based provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for medical imaging, announced it has raised $65M in Series C funding led by General Catalyst, bringing its total funding to $140M. – This Series C round comes on the heels of a surge in demand for Aidoc’s AI-driven solutions, …

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How’s my driving? GPS tracking spots Alzheimer’s with 86% accuracy

Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease is still a challenge, particularly in its earliest stages, but a new study suggests that subtle changes in behaviour whilst driving could serve as an early warning system. The researchers used GPS logging devices and machine learning as “digital biomarkers” to compare the driving of people who have preclinical Alzheimer’s but are …

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Digitisation key to improving mental health services in England; report

Faced with a looming mental health crisis, the UK government has been urged to invest in the digitisation of service provision across the NHS in England in a new report from think tank Future Care Capital. The study’s author – FCC’s head of policy and research Dr Peter Bloomfield, argues that there has been a …

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How digital pathways are changing healthcare

As demonstrated throughout COVID, digital health is no longer experimental. Digital technologies are proving their value by allowing for better care, improved adherence and a more connected ecosystem between doctors, patients and pharma. Ampersand Health has been working in the space since 2015 and has seen it evolve from a niche approach with limited acceptance …

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Sonde Health partners with Qualcomm on vocal biomarker tech

Sonde Health has joined forces with chipmaker Qualcomm to develop a technology platform that could diagnose human health conditions from a short sample of speech.  The two companies will make sure that Sonde Health’s vocal biomarker platform is optimised for use with Qualcomm chips used to power 5G mobile devices, saying this could unlock a …

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Zebra-Med Becomes First Company to Receive AI CPT Code for Radiology

What You Should Know: – Zebra Medical Vision announces it has received the first-ever AI CPT code for radiology, for its VCF detection from CT scans for Population Health, setting a new standard for CPT codes in imaging AI, as the company has successfully done with FDA clearances for its algorithms.  – The new CPT …

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NVIDIA Launches UK’s Fastest AI Supercomputer for Healthcare Research

What You Should Know: – NVIDIA launched the UK’s fastest supercomputer — Cambridge-1, the world’s first collaborative, industry-wide system dedicated to accelerating healthcare and digital biology research using powerful combination of AI and simulation. – At the virtual inauguration, NVIDIA CEO and founder Jensen Huang discussed what NVIDIA’s $100 million investment will mean for the …

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Digital health investment has skyrocketed; now expect consolidation

A record $14.7 billion in investments was injected into US digital health companies in the first half of this year, overtaking the entire amount raised in 2020 in just six months. The half saw no fewer than 372 deals with an average size of almost $40 million, with 59% of them worth more than $100 …

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“The Doctor Will See You Now” and Other Things Patients Won’t Hear Post-COVID

Arun K. Buduri, VP – Engineering/IT and CISO, Innovaccer Following a year of social distancing and strict lockdowns, patients were forced to fundamentally change the way they interacted with their physicians. By April of last year, about half of patients’ primary care visits were conducted virtually. And thanks to the emergency relaxation of regulations from …

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6 Key Ethical Principles for The Use of AI for Health – WHO

– The World Health Organization (WHO) launched its first ever global report on: Ethics and governance of artificial intelligence for health.   – While new technologies that use artificial intelligence hold great promise to improve diagnosis, treatment, health research and drug development and to support governments carrying out public health functions, including surveillance and outbreak response, …

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Pharma execs join DigitalEurope’s new health council

Senior figures from GlaxoSmithKline, Roche, Bayer, and Johnson & Johnson have been named to an 18-strong executive council for health at DigitalEurope – a trade association representing the tech industry. The new council has been set up to help drive the adoption of digital approaches that could help deliver personalised care, improve disease monitoring and …

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4 Strategies for Health IT Leaders to Streamline Their Work & Serve Patients

Monica Bolbjerg, MD, Chairman, Founder & CEO of Qure4u As a physician turned entrepreneur, I’ve learned many lessons in my journey from the patient bedside to the health IT boardroom. As a young physician practicing in my native Denmark, my eyes were opened to the administrative headaches and limited engagement that was a result of …

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Cortica Raises $60M to Expand Comprehensive Autism Care Model Nationwide

What You Should Know: – Cortica, Inc. (“Cortica”), a San Diego, CA-based tech-enabled clinical services for autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions, announced it has raised $60 million in financing to further its mission to transform autism care. The funding was led by Longitude Capital with participation from new investors .406 Ventures and Adam Boehler, along …

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EchoNous Closes $60M for AI-Assisted Handheld Ultrasound Device

What You Should Know: – EchoNous, a Redmond, WA-based portable AI-guided ultrasound tools and platform, announced it has raised $60 million in funding from Kennedy Lewis Investment Management (“Kennedy Lewis”). – The investment from Kennedy Lewis combines senior secured debt and equity and builds on the support of KKR, which has been EchoNous’ principal investor …

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Ro Acquires At-Home Diagnostic Testing Company Kit – M&A

 What You Should Know: – Healthcare technology company, Ro today announced the acquisition of Kit, an at-home diagnostics company that offers self-administered diagnostic tests, including finger prick blood assays, blood pressure tests, weight measurement tools, and more—all shipped directly to their door. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – The acquisition of Kit …

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Manchester joint venture will trial Morningside’s digital health portfolio

The University of Manchester has formed a joint venture with Morningside to carry out clinical trials of various digital health technologies developed by the investment group’s portfolio companies.  Health Innovation Manchester and its Academic Health Science Centre are also participating in the JV, which will focus on digital diagnostics and interventions that could play a …

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Manchester joint venture will trial Morningside’s digital health portfolio

The University of Manchester has formed a joint venture with Morningside to carry out clinical trials of various digital health technologies developed by the investment group’s portfolio companies.  Health Innovation Manchester and its Academic Health Science Centre are also participating in the JV, which will focus on digital diagnostics and interventions that could play a …

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AbleTo Launches Clinically Guided Member Experience for 21M Eligible Lives

What You Should Know: – AbleTo, a leading provider of high-quality, virtual behavioral health care, today announce new, clinically guided, fully integrated member experience for 21M eligible lives. The launch includes AbleTo Connect, a digital engine that guides members to the right level of care, and the new AbleTo app, a single place to find all AbleTo resources and newly enhanced support features. …

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Mayo Clinic, Spire Health to Co-Develop Remote Pulmonary Rehab Program

– Spire Health and Mayo Clinic announced a strategic collaboration to integrate Mayo Clinic’s remote pulmonary rehabilitation program into Spire Health’s respiratory remote patient monitoring (RPM) service. – Developed by Dr. Roberto Benzo and his team at the Mindful Breathing Laboratory, Mayo Clinic’s remote pulmonary rehabilitation program has been the recipient of multiple, multi-year grants …

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SUD: Can Digital Health Solutions Remove Stigmas Around Addiction?

Nicholas Mercadante, CEO & Co-Founder PursueCare We can safely take for granted that a doctor treating your back pain isn’t going to determine the course of care based on whether she thinks you’ll fully commit to getting better. She isn’t likely to start treatment with a contract stating that the only way to stay in …

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XSOLIS Raises $75M for AI-Driven Precision Utilization Management Platform

What You Should Know: – XSOLIS, a healthcare technology firm focused on improving healthcare operations announced it has raised $75M in minority growth investment from Brighton Park Capital (“Brighton Park”), a research-driven investment firm. – XSOLIS is an artificial intelligence-based software platform that helps national health systems and payers streamline the utilization management process. – …

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Walmart to Offer Included Health’s Care Navigation Platform to LGBTQ+ Employees & Families

What You Should Know: – Today, Walmart announced it is teaming up with Included Health, a LGBTQ+ focused care navigation platform to provide a new healthcare benefit for LGBTQ+ employees and their loved ones.  – Through its partnership with Grand Rounds, associates on a Walmart medical plan and their covered dependents will now be eligible to leverage …

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Interoperability now needs to go beyond EHRs to include the larger digital health ecosystem

The next step in the evolution of interoperability will involve examining data flows in digital healthcare, according to panelists at the American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference. This includes looking into how data sharing will support telehealth, remote patient monitoring and programs involving wearables.

Deep 6 AI: the smart software breathing new life into clinical trials

Wout Brusselaers has spent his life on a quest to achieve one career goal—to work with smart people on a meaningful project that makes a difference to people’s lives. This mission saw him become a diplomat in the Middle East, a McKinsey consultant in Asia, and take on roles in international intelligence before realizing he could use his knowledge and skills in solving …

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MIOTIFY platform for digital health products clears AZ road test

Teasing out complex relationships within data lies at the heart of any digital health intervention, but finding the algorithms to do so reliably – and making sure they will be acceptable to regulators – can be a challenge. UK company MIOTIFY has developed a web-based software platform that product teams can use to configure medical …

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Jonathan Bush’s Second Venture Zus Health Launches with $34M for Health Data Interoperability Platform

What You Should Know:    – Former athenahealth founder and CEO Jonathan Bush, today announced the launch of Zus Health (“Zus” pronounced Zoos like the father of Athena) focused on creating the industry’s first shared development platform backed by a shared data record. – The company is launching with the close of $34M in Series …

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Privacy issues widespread with digital health apps, says BMJ

Developers of mobile health apps are comprehensively failing to safeguard the privacy of users, according to a study by researchers in Australia. The team from Macquarie University compared 15,000 free mobile health (mHealth) apps available on the Google Play store and compared their privacy practices to those found in 8,000 non-health apps, finding “serious problems …

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Brightline Secures $72M to Expand Pediatric Behavioral Health Solution Nationally

What You Should Know: – Brightline, a virtual pediatric behavioral health solution announces, today announced it has raised $72M in Series B funding led by GV (formerly Google Ventures), with participation from new investors Optum Ventures, 7wireVentures, and Gaingels, the leading venture investment syndicate in support of diversity and representing the LGBTQ community and allies. …

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MAP Health Management Acquires Behavioral Health Provider CARMAhealth – M&A

What You Should Know: –  MAP Health Management, LLC., a provider of virtual peer support services announced the acquisition of CARMAhealth (CARMA), a primary care and behavioral health management service organization to expand its capabilities to virtual and in-person primary medical and behavioral healthcare. – The acquisition will enable MAP to leverage its peer-led support …

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Foods, supplements, and medicine: the new frontier in chronic disease treatment

Chronic diseases are the biggest threat to our global socio-economic development. Lifestyle diseases including heart disease, neuro-degenerative disease, diabetes, and cancer collectively kill almost 50 million people per year.1 With 1 in 2 Americans diagnosed with pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, there is no doubt that the food we eat has implications not only for …

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Exscientia buys Allcyte to add patient sample testing to its AI platform

UK-based artificial intelligence pioneer Exscientia has made a play to stay at the forefront of the field, acquiring Austrian rival Allcyte with the help of its recent $525 million financing. The €50 million ($61 million) deal – in cash and stock – will give Exscientia ownership of a technology platform that takes patient samples and …

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Sempre Health Secures $15M for Behavior-Based Healthcare Pricing Platform

What You Should Know: – Sempre Health, a behavior-based healthcare pricing platform to insurers to offer large prescription copay discounts to members for filling on time (to promote more medication adherence) today announced it has raised $15M in Series B funding led by Blue Venture Fund. Sempre has raised $26.5 million to date. – Sempre Health …

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ZS Acquires Digital Health Consulting Firm Medullan – M&A

What You Should Know: – Evanston-based global consulting firm ZS today who signed an agreement to acquire Medullan, an innovator in digital health strategy, experience design, technology enablement, compliance and research. Through the acquisition, ZS also gains Medullan’s pioneering virtual care platform, VARA™. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – The deal brings together two established leaders in …

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Building the hospital of the future

Every patient, every doctor or nurse, every hospital worker is a human being influenced by their experiences outside of healthcare. In the consumer world, we have all come to expect speed and interconnectedness, and value personalized products and services tailored to our lifestyles and needs. These expectations carry over into healthcare, where patients and healthcare professionals leverage a wide array of channels to …

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Lyra Health Completes $200M at $4.6B Valuation for Digital Mental Health Platform

What You Should Know: – Lyra Health, a provider of comprehensive mental health care benefits for employers, today announced it has completed a $200M financing led by Coatue and joined by new investor Sands Capital, along with existing investors. – Lyra plans to accelerate its delivery of evidence-based mental health benefits for companies with employees located …

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The Role of Digital Mental Health in the Healthcare Journey

Alison Darcy, PhD, President and Founder, Woebot Health With more than 20,000 apps available to address myriad mental health challenges with varying degrees of support, it’s clear that digital mental health is experiencing a boom. But there seems to be little consensus regarding the true role that digital therapeutics can and should play within the …

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Scottish dads set for mental health app, thanks to Movember funding

A Scottish charity has been awarded funding from the Movember men’s health campaign to develop an app to support fathers with mental health concerns. Father’s Network Scotland (FNS) has claimed a share of a £1.86 million ($2.6 million) funding pot earmarked for the development of digital and tech ideas that can help men tackle the …

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Trial finds Orion digital therapeutic helps chronic pain sufferers

A digital therapeutic aimed at people with chronic lower back pain based on virtual reality (VR) has shown encouraging results in a clinical trial, helping patients manage the fear of movement that can reduce their activity and impede recovery. The therapy uses a VR headset to guide people with chronic pain through a series of …

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Transcarent Raises $58M for Consumer-Directed Care Platform for Self-Insured Employers

What You Should Know: – Transcarent, a San Francisco, CA-based provider of consumer-directed healthcare to self-insured employers, just announced $58M in Series B funding led by many of the top health and tech investors, bringing its total funding to $98M. – Led by CEO Glen Tullman, an industry veteran who previously led Livongo and Allscripts, …

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Roivant spinout Datavant merges with Ciox to form $7bn health data giant

Datavant and Ciox Health have agreed a merger that will create what they claim will be the largest health data company operating in the US market. The combined company – which will take the Datavant name – will be worth around $7 billion and have annual revenues of around $700 million, according to the two …

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Valo Health and Khosla Ventures Merge to Go Public in $2.8B SPAC Deal

What You Should Know: Valo Health, the technology company using human-centric data and artificial intelligence (AI) powered computation to transform the drug discovery and development process, and Khosla Ventures Acquisition Co. (“KVAC”) (NASDAQ: KVSA), a special purpose acquisition (SPAC), announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. – The SPAC deal represents …

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Ensuring accessibility: Crossing the digital divide in healthcare

“Rarely does the answer come from the boardroom” – what can user experience teach us about building accessible digital health? No one should be left behind as the world embraces digital healthcare say leading user experience, voices. The experts discussed the benefits and merits of co-creation during a session on bridging the digital divide, held …

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CareDx To Acquire Transplant Hero Medication Management App – M&A

What You Should Know: – CareDx, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNA), a leading precision medicine company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of clinically differentiated, high-value healthcare solutions for transplant patients and caregivers, today announced it has acquired Transplant Hero LLC, a New York-based provider of a mobile app supporting the needs of transplant patients. – The acquisition of Transplant Hero builds on AlloCare, the comprehensive CareDx mobile …

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Icario Acquires Consumer Engagement and Health Action Platform ChipRewards – M&A

What You Should Know: – Icario, the healthcare industry’s leading health action company, announced it has acquired ChipRewards, a leading SaaS platform used by health plans and employers to configure and manage consumer engagement programs. – With this acquisition, Icario will add self-service configurability and management capabilities that empower health plan teams to customize their …

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Backed by $6M, DUOS Emerges Out of Stealth with Personal Assistant for Aging

What You Should Know: – DUOS, a digital health company, came out of stealth today backed by $6M in combined seed funding from healthcare investor Redesign Health and consumer-focused Forerunner Ventures.   – DUOS provides a personal assistant for aging — a Duo — to help older adults stay healthy and age independently in their …

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Carbon Health buys virtual diabetes clinic firm Steady Health

US healthcare group Carbon Health has made a move into digital care for patients with chronic conditions, buying diabetes-focused startup Steady Health. Steady Health has developed a platform that combines a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device with real-time, online coaching from endocrinologists, with the objective of improving management of diabetes and reducing the risk of …

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One Medical Acquires Value-Based Primary Care Group Iora Health for $2.1B – Health M&A

What You Should Know: – Today, One Medical (NASDAQ: ONEM) announced its intent to acquire Iora Health, a value-based primary care group for serving roughly 38,000 Medicare patients through digital health and 47 in-person medical offices in ten markets across the United States for about $2.1B in stock. – Iora Health’s relationship-driven primary care model …

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Digital fabric could be used to measure health data

Researchers in the US have developed a wearable fabric that can sense, store and analyse data that could be used to measure physiological functions or detect illness. The team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claim this is the first example of a fabric which can record data in a digital rather than in an …

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Truepill Launches White-Labeled Virtual Pharmacy Platform

What You Should Know: – Truepill, the digital health platform powering consumer health experiences through diagnostics, telehealth and pharmacy infrastructure, today announced the launch of its Virtual Pharmacy platform. – The new white label led e-commerce pharmacy solution that enables payers, pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), health systems and other healthcare entities to reimagine a more …

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Cigna International Taps Teladoc Health to Expand Telehealth Capabilities in India

What You Should Know: – Cigna International today announced a collaboration with Teladoc Health to support populations in India during the current humanitarian crisis through telehealth solutions. – In a coordinated approach, Cigna International Markets and Teladoc Health activated local and global telehealth capabilities in less than 24 hours and brought much needed care to …

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FDA grants swift approval to Cognoa’s digital device for autism diagnosis

The FDA has approved a digital device developed by Cognoa that can be used to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD), just a few weeks after it was filed for approval. Cognoa says the artificial intelligence (AI) based device is the first to be authorised by the US regulator that can help doctors diagnose autism in …

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Vynca Acquires Virtual Palliative Care Provider ResolutionCare – M&A

What You Should Know: –  Vynca, a national leader in advance care planning, today announced the acquisition of  ResolutionCare, a California-based innovator and provider of home-based palliative care and telemedicine. – With the acquisition of ResolutionCare’s comprehensive board-certified, physician-led palliative care model, Vynca is well-positioned to expand its support services to the seriously ill, which aligns well with its …

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Cognoa Awarded FDA Authorization For AI-Based Autism Diagnosis Aid

What You Should Know: – Cognoa, a pediatric behavioral health company developing diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for children living with behavioral health conditions, has been granted FDA authorization to market the company’s first-of-its-kind, AI-based autism diagnosis aid – Canvas Dx. – Canvas Dx is the first diagnosis aid designed to help physicians to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the primary care setting, as well as the first diagnosis aid for ASD authorized for commercialization by …

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UPMC Spins Out Realyze Intelligence for AI-Based Clinical Intelligence Platform

Aaron Brauser, Realyze President & Chief Executive Officer Gilan El Saadawi, M.D., Ph.D., Realyze Chief Medical Officer What You Should Know: –  UPMC has launched Realyze Intelligence, a company that uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to identify precise patient populations with chronic diseases and cancer to ensure they receive the most beneficial treatments. – Founded …

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Thirty Madison Reaches $1B Valuation with $140M Series C Funding

What You Should Know: – Thirty Madison, the premier healthcare company for people with chronic conditions, today announced a $140 million Series C round led by new investor HealthQuest Capital. Mousse Partners and Bracket Capital also participated in the funding, along with existing investors Polaris Partners, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc., Northzone, Greycroft, and others. …

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PAVmed Launches Veris Health With Acquisition of Oncodisc –M&A

What You Should Know: – PAVmed announced today their launch of digital health company, Veris Health, along with Veris’ acquisition of Oncodisc.  – Oncodisc was created by James Mitchell, M.D. and Andrew Thoreson, M.D.  and brings the first implantable vascular access port with biologic sensors and wireless communication, combined with an oncologist-designed remote digital healthcare platform to improve …

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Welltok Relaunches Text4Baby Program to Improve Health for New & Expecting Moms

What You Should Know: – Welltok today announced it is relaunching its gold standard Text4baby program, an interactive text messaging service, has been updated with the latest prenatal and infant care guidelines and food allergy prevention and management information from FARE, the world’s leading non-governmental organization engaged in food allergy advocacy and the largest private funder of food allergy research. The information …

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EU’s COVID jab certificate scheme goes live in seven countries

The first batch of EU countries have started recognising the vaccination status of travellers using digital vaccine certificates as the bloc moves towards freeing up travel ahead of the summer period. Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Croatia and Poland are the first to start using the scheme, which will allow people who have been …

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Digital health accelerator launches to plug “pharma-startup gap”

A new accelerator programme has launched with the aim of improving engagement between digital health startups and pharmaceutical companies, which sometimes can be held back by the different ways in which the two sectors operate. The PharmStars programme – set up by Naomi Fried and Laura Gunn (pictured above left to right) – claims to …

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Babylon Health may go public via blank cheque company merger; report

Digital health player Babylon Health is exploring a merger with a so-called ‘blank cheque’ company as a route to a public listing, according to a Swedish investment group. Kinnevik AB – which holds a 16% stake in Babylon – said that a transaction with a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) is being explored and may or …

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After getting FDA clearance for video game therapeutic, Akili faces next level: insurance coverage

Akili Interactive, a digital health company that got FDA clearance last year for its video game as treatment for ADHD, recently brought in $160 million in funding. It plans to use the funds to ramp up coverage of its flagship treatment and to develop digital treatments for other cognitive conditions. 

Report: State of Black Mental Health Before and After George Floyd’s Death

What You Should Know: – Hurdle, a Washington D.C.-based digital mental health company, announced the publication of a white paper on Black mental health before and after George Floyd’s death. – Co-authored by leading mental health researchers Dr. Harold “Woody” Neighbors, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Dr. Norma L. Day-Vines, Associate Dean …

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Biobeat Launches Wearable Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring Device

What You Should Know: – Biobeat announced the launch of its new wearable and continuous ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) device, currently the only cuffless ABPM solution in the world. – As blood (BP) measurement has shown to be crucial in the early detection and prevention of clinical disorders, Biobeat’s cuffless ABPM device can act as …

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Bayer backs Ada Health’s symptom checker app in $90m financing

Ada Health has received another endorsement for its app to help patients diagnose conditions from symptoms, raising an impressive $90 million in funding from investors including the venture capital arm of Bayer.  Leaps by Bayer was joined by Samsung Catalyst Fund, Vitruvian Partners, Inteligo Bank, F4 and Mutschler Ventures in the second-round financing of the …

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Nebula Genomics Launches World’s First Genomic NFT – Blockchain

Professor George Church, co-founder of Nebula Genomics and Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School What You Should Know: – Professor George Church, co-founder of Nebula Genomics and Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, will be partnering with GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Akon and his NFT platform, AkoinNFT, to auction …

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PE Firm Thoma Bravo Acquires Clinical Trial Financial Platform Greenphire – Health M&A

What You Should Know: – Thoma Bravo, a private equity investment firm focused on the software and technology-enabled services sector announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Greenphire, a financial lifecycle management software for clinical trials, from The Riverside Company. Financial details were not disclosed for the pending transaction. – The acquisition, which …

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UCSF, Philips Partner to Enhance Digital Patient Experience & Interoperability

What You Should Know: – Today, Philips announced its collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to develop technology that will enable a more streamlined patient experience and set a new standard for healthcare delivery. – As part of the strategic collaboration, UCSF will use Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform to enable patient care personalization and make it …

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Grand Rounds Health & Doctor On Demand Acquires Included Health

What You Should Know: – Today, Grand Rounds Health and Doctor On Demand announced they acquired Included Health, the first comprehensive healthcare navigation platform for the LGBTQ+ community. Together, they will address LGBTQ+ health challenges and improve outcomes. – The LGBTQ+ community disproportionately experiences discrimination and health-related stigmas. In a national study with over 1,500 LGBTQ+ employees from Fortune 100 companies, nearly half reported a negative experience or …

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Akili raises $110m to build its digital therapeutics pipeline

Digital health player Akili has raised $110 million fourth-round funding, backed by a number of pharma groups, as it works towards extending its product range beyond its flagship EndeavorRx app. EndeavorRx became the first and so far only approved prescription video game treatment in the US when it was cleared by the FDA last year …

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Digital health firm Hello Tomo snapped up by ICAS World

A UK tech firm with an NHS-commissioned mental health app – Hello Tomo – has been acquired by ICAS World, a company specialising in providing employee health and wellbeing services.  Hello Tomo is described as a behaviour change tool for mental health and wellbeing that aims to help users maintain healthy habits, and according to …

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Partnerships in pharma: exploring intersections across molecules and software

Earlier this year, Healthware Group and Plexus Ventures formed an alliance to structure deals for the pharmaceutical industry in the development and commercialization of Digital Therapeutic (DTx) products. Given the increased attention and growth seen in the market, both companies are leveraging their expertise to become go-to partners for life sciences companies looking to incorporate DTx into their pipelines. Healthware …

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Geisinger Launches Virtual Chronic Disease Monitoring System Powered by Noteworth

What You Should Know: – Geisinger today announced the launch of ConnectedCare365, an innovative care delivery model for patients with chronic diseases like diabetes, heart failure and hypertension available on Google Play and App Store. Powered by Noteworth, a digital health startup dedicated to rethinking healthcare delivery, this first-of-its-kind virtual care delivery platform uses remote patient monitoring, …

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Truepill becomes a ‘triple threat’ with diagnostics

Truepill, the company operating behind-the-scenes to help digital health companies with pharmacy fulfillment and telehealth visits, has added a third feature: at home testing. CEO Umar Afridi hopes the trio of services will create a seamless experience for most people’s basic health needs.

Noom Secures $540M to Expand Behavioral Change Platform for Healthier Habits

What You Should Know: – Noom, a New York City-based digital health platform focused on behavior change, today announced its $540 million Series F funding led by Silver Lake. The round also included participation from new investors Oak HC/FT, Temasek, and Novo Holdings and existing investors Sequoia Capital, RRE, and Samsung Ventures also participated. – …

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US Orthopedic Alliance Taps 2bPrecise to Power Precision Medicine Program

What You Should Know:  2bPrecise, a precision medicine company, announced that the US Orthopedic Alliance (USOA) is leveraging 2bPrecise’ pharmacogenomics (PGx) solution to help physicians identify potentially dangerous drug-gene interactions. – The 2bPrecise platform will deliver workflow, data management and clinical decision functionality to USOA providers ordering pharmacogenomic tests (PGx). Specifically, doctors can leverage test results to …

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Telehealth Averted Healthcare Collapse During COVID – Will Inertia Kill Further Adoption?

Dr. Haim Amir, CEO and Founder of Essence Group Major, deep-rooted problems in the healthcare system were brought into sharp focus by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Healthcare organizations in many regions – already stretched to near-full capacity before the pandemic – have been pushed to the brink of collapse. While they scrambled to respond, they began …

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Why DarioHealth plans to acquire a behavioral health company 

DarioHealth, a digital health company that started with diabetes care, struck a deal to acquire mental health startup WayForward for $25 million. Like competitors Livongo and Omada, which also added mental health solutions, DarioHealth said it would give people a much more seamless approach for addressing mental and physical health needs.

As India battles COVID, Qure.ai deploys AI diagnostic for hard-pressed doctors

Indian digital health company Qure.ai is making an artificial intelligence-driven diagnostic app available to doctors scrambling to cope with escalating COVID-19 cases and deaths. With the help of health-focused non-governmental organisation (NGO) PATH, Qure is providing its AI bot for interpreting chest X-rays to physicians across India on the Telegram messaging app. India is already …

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Digestive Health Market Map: Spectrum from Wellness to Chronic

Much like mental health, sexual health, and other conditions with social stigma, digestive health disorders cause many to suffer in silence.  Only recently has society embraced a more public discussion of digestive health, ranging from wellness and performance to clinical prevention and chronic care management. A confluence of social acceptance, innovation, and worsening public health …

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UPMC Health Plan Launches Virtual Concierge for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant Devices

UPMC Voice Assistant Alexa 3 – Fine_Cut_0322 – UPMC Health Plan What You Should Know: – UPMC Health Plan announced today the launch of a Virtual Concierge that will assist commercial plan members with some of their most frequently asked questions related to their benefits and coverage and how to access care and services. – The Virtual …

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Study finds Germany trails Spain and the US in digital health

Germany is lagging behind other countries in the adoption of digital health, including Spain and the US, according to a new survey carried out on behalf of drugmaker Fresenius.  The three-country poll found that Spain is way out in front, with over half of people asked responding that digital is already playing a major role …

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Vinehealth earns CE marks for cancer management apps

UK digital health firm Vinehealth has won a CE mark for a mobile app that helps cancer patients manage their medications and care, as well as a sister web-based app aimed at clinicians.  The Vinehealth Cancer Companion – originally developed by neurologist Dr Rayna Patel and Georgina Kirby, the company’s co-founders – uses behavioural science …

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Best Buy Health Launches Lively Smart for Active Aging Community

What You Should Know:  – Best Buy Health today introduced its new smartphone Lively Smart that is designed to make it easier than ever for older adults to access the phone features they care most about, including one-touch access to Lively Health and Safety Services. – Users can unlock Lively Smart’s full potential with these Lively Health …

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Banner Health Launches Digital Health Program with Xealth & Babyscripts

What You Should Know:  –  Banner Health announced the launch of its digital health program with Xealth to enable digital health at scale. Banner Health is making it simpler for medical providers to order digital health solutions directly from its Cerner EHR, helping to strengthen its connection with patients across its 30 acute-care hospitals and other entities. The launch will begin with Babyscripts, a leading virtual care platform for managing obstetrics. – Available …

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JPMorgan Chase Launches Morgan Health to Improve Employer-Sponsored Healthcare

What You Should Know: – JPMorgan Chase today announced details about Morgan Health, a new business unit focused on improving the quality, efficiency, and equity of employer-sponsored healthcare. – The business unit will invest up to $250M in companies looking to improve employer-sponsored healthcare, pilot new benefits for JPMorgan Chase employees and promote health equity. …

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Amazon Offers Mental Health Benefits for US Employees & Their Families

What You Should Know:  – Amazon today launched a new mental health benefit, Resources for Living, that provides every U.S. employee, their family, and their household with a single place to start for personalized, convenient, and confidential support for mental health and daily life assistance. These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days …

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CVS Health Launches Clinical Trial Services Business for Investigational COVID-19 Vaccines & Treatments

What You Should Know:  – Today, CVS Health announced the launch of a new Clinical Trial Services business, driving greater access to clinical trials across the communities CVS Health serves and creating a more efficient, convenient experience to improve participant retention and research effectiveness. – CVS Health collaborated with the pharmaceutical industry to help facilitate clinical trials …

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What’s the Latest with Evidation Health?

An email interview with the Co-CEO’s of Evidation Health Over the last few weeks I’ve been conducting a back & forth email interview with Christine Lemke (L) & Deb Kilpatrick (R), the co-CEOs of Evidation Health. They raised $153 million in a Series E back in March (almost a small round these days!) but I …

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BMS embraces AI drug discovery with $1.2bn Exscientia alliance

Exscientia has signed up another big pharma partner for its artificial intelligence (AI) based drug discovery platform, this time attracting a $50 million upfront buy-in from Bristol-Myers Squibb.  BMS wants to harness Exscientia’s tech to discover small-molecule drugs across a range of therapeutic categories – including immunology and oncology – and is promising another $125 …

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Ro Acquires Modern Fertility to Integrate With Primary Care Platform

What You Should Know: – Ro, today announced the acquisition of Modern Fertility, one of the fastest growing companies in women’s health. – This acquisition, one of the largest deals in women’s health tech yet, will accelerate Ro’s position as a leader in women’s health and bring Modern Fertility’s fertility tests and reproductive health tools …

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Wheel Secures $50M for White-Labeled Virtual Care Platform

Wheel is Powering the Virtual Care Industry from Wheel on Vimeo. What You Should Know: – Wheel, a Austin, TX-based virtual care company, today announced a $50M series B round led by Lightspeed Ventures with participation from existing investors CRV, Silverton Partners, Tusk Venture Partners and J.P. Morgan. The round brings its total funding to …

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The Online Safety Bill: a step towards digitally safe mental health support

The UK government’s Online Safety Bill has been a hot and contentious topic of discussion over the past year, but last week it was finally announced and included in the Queen’s Speech. For Mental Health Awareness Month, Tim Barker looks at why a new bill could be a step towards digitally safe mental health support.  …

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DarioHealth Acquires Digital Behavioral Health Platform wayForward for $30M

What You Should Know: – DarioHealth Corp., a pioneer in the global digital therapeutics market, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire PsyInnovations, Inc. (dba wayForward), a behavioral health digital platform that includes AI-enabled screening to triage and navigate members to specific interventions, digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), self-directed care, expert coaching …

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Healios raises £7m to expand digital mental health services

Digital therapy specialist Healios has raised £7 million in new financing that will be used to expand its suite of mental health services, at a time when demand is soaring in the NHS. The London-based company has developed a virtual care platform that delivers a range of services targeted at children and young people with …

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Double ransomware attack targets Irish healthcare system

Criminals have launched a ransomware attack against the Department of Health in Ireland, shortly after a similar cyberattack shut down much of the IT infrastructure at the Health Service Executive (HSE).  The Irish government confirmed the latest attempt yesterday, two days after the HSE was hit by a new variant of the Conti ransomware virus …

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Health Innovators: Teresa Arroyo-Gallego, nQ Medical

In this episode of our Health Innovators series, Paul Tunnah is joined by Teresa Arroyo-Gallego, chief data scientist at artificial intelligence technology company nQ Medical. As a researcher in the biomedical engineering lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Teresa leads a team developing the neuroQWERTY technology to detect early signs of motor decline in …

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Biogen taps Envisagenics’ AI to speed up RNA splicing R&D

Biogen has made a further push into RNA-based drug discovery via a collaboration with Envisagenics, which applies artificial intelligence RNA sequencing data to discover new drug targets and therapeutics. Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Envisagenics focuses on using AI to analyse errors in RNA splicing, a process in which a precursor form of messenger RNA (mRNA) – which …

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Chiesi launches online platform to support respiratory nurses

Drugmaker Chiesi has set up an online community to provide support to respiratory nurses, who have faced unprecedented challenges in the last year as they helped to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.  The educational platform – called Together In Respiratory – has been designed as a place for nurses and other healthcare professionals to “come together, …

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Digital health startups saw better-than-expected revenue during the pandemic

According to a survey conducted by Catalyst @ Health 2.0, a whopping 41% of digital health companies said their revenue was above expectations last year. Despite reporting longer sales cycles, most companies still were optimistic about their business prospects going into 2021. 

CVS Health Expands Return Ready Vaccine Clinics to Accommodate Small Business & Schools

What You Should Know: – Today, CVS Health announced that it will expand Return Ready, the company’s comprehensive COVID-19 solution that helps employers and schools return and maintain healthy communities, with scalable vaccine clinics to accommodate smaller workplaces/communities and schools given the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents ages 12 to …

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Redesign Health Spinout Jasper Health Launches AI-Driven Cancer Care Platform

What You Should Know: – Jasper Health launched today as the first end-to-end care experience that navigates, connects, and provides actionable insights throughout the cancer journey for individuals with cancer, their caregivers, and providers. – Jasper combines an easy-to-navigate user interface with leading oncology support to help guide Jasper Members and caregivers through the myriad …

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FDA Approves First Ortho-K Contact Lens to Manage Myopia

What You Should Know: – Today, Johnson & Johnson Vision announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ACUVUE® Abiliti™ Overnight Therapeutic Lenses, the first and only orthokeratology (ortho-k) contact lens for the management of myopia.   – Myopia, or ‘nearsightedness,’ is a chronic and progressive disease. Research shows that myopia will affect half of the world’s population by 2050, making it the biggest eye health …

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DrFirst Raises $50M in Follow-On Equity Investment, Totals $135M

What You Should Know: – DrFirst, a provider of e-prescribing, price transparency, and medication management solutions, announced today the closing of a $50 million equity investment from Sixth Street Growth, a leading global investment firm. Following Sixth Street’s previous $35 million investment and another $50 million from Goldman Sachs Growth, both in 2020, DrFirst’s investment …

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The Catalyst @ Health 2.0/Wipfli State of Digital Health Survey

By MATTHEW HOLT & ELIZABETH BROWN Last year was a remarkable time for digital health. Obviously it was pretty unusual and tragic for the world in general as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc. We mourn those lost, and we praise our front line health workers and scientists. But for digital health companies, in …

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UltraSight Raises $13M to Bring AI-Guided Cardiac Ultrasound to Point of Care

What You Should Know: – UltraSight, an Israeli based digital health company focused on transforming cardiac sonography through the power of machine learning, announced today that it has closed a $13 million Series B funding round. – Cardiac sonography is a skill that takes years to develop.  It requires daily practice to achieve a high …

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Memora Health Raises $10.5M for Virtual Care Delivery Platform, Backed by Andreessen Horowitz

– Memora Health, a San Francisco, CA-based virtual care delivery platform led by 24-year-old Manav Sevak announced a $10.5M round of funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Additional investors including AlleyCorp, Martin Ventures, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures, Sachin Jain, Operator Partners, Edward Elmhurst Health, B Capital, and Aaron Szekel also participated. – Manav was inspired to start the …

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Teladoc Health Launches Unified Mental Healthcare Experience

What You Should Know: –  Teladoc Health announces the launch of myStrength Complete, an integrated mental health service providing personalized, targeted care to consumers in a single, comprehensive experience. myStrength Complete’s proprietary stepped care model is designed to seamlessly combine app-based tools and coaching expertise with Teladoc’s therapists and psychiatrists to ensure that consumers get …

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Mental Health App Forms Bond with Users, Marking Key Evolution in Digital Therapeutics

What You Should Know: – Digital therapeutics company Woebot Health announced its findings to an unprecedented and large-scale industry study that sought to understand whether users of its cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)-based conversational agent, Woebot, formed therapeutic alliances (or bonds) with the agent compared to traditional face-to-face therapy and other digital interventions that do not deploy …

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NICE’s Office for Digital Health opens its doors

UK cost-effectiveness agency NICE has this week officially opened the Office for Digital Health, one of the pillars of its five-year strategy out to 2026.  The in-house team of advisors has been set up by the health technology assessment (HTA) agency to spearhead its policy on digital health technologies (DHTs) – including apps, programmes and …

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Eko’s AI Algorithm Validated as a Clinical Tool for Detecting Heart Murmurs

What You Should Know: –      Eko, a cardiopulmonary digital health company, today announced the peer-reviewed publication of a clinical study that found that the Eko artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm for detecting heart murmurs is accurate and reliable, with comparable performance to that of an expert cardiologist. – The findings suggest utility of the FDA-cleared Eko AI algorithm …

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Special Event: The Catalyst @ Health 2.0/Wipfli Survey on the State of Digital Health Results Presentation

Tuesday, May 11th at 2pm ET/11am PT — RSVP here Back in November of last year, Catalyst @ Health 2.0, supported by professional services firm Wipfli, launched the Survey on the State of Digital Health, with the goal of creating a comprehensive analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on digital health companies and the rest …

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Glooko Integrates with Eli Lilly’s Connected Insulin Pen Solutions in Global Markets

What We Should Know:  – Glooko Inc., a provider of remote patient monitoring and data management solutions for diabetes and other chronic conditions announced a strategic collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company for people with diabetes that use Lilly’s connected insulin pen solutions.   – The technology collaboration will ease insulin management for people with diabetes …

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Silence Tx uses game to raise thalassaemia awareness

UK biotech Silence Therapeutics has launched an online game to raise the profile of the rare blood disorder thalassaemia, and one of its most common symptoms.  Blood Run Beta can be played online at www.bloodrunbeta.game and has been launched in the build-up to International Thalassaemia Day on Saturday 8 May. It aims to help players learn …

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Collective Health Raises $280M for Employer Health Benefits Platform

What You Should Know: – Collective Health, a San Francisco, CA-based provider of an employer-sponsored health insurance platform announced $280 million of funding in a Series F round led by Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) along with existing investors DFJ Growth, Founders Fund, G Squared, Maverick Ventures, NEA, PFM Health Sciences, SoftBank Vision Fund 1, Sun …

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A digital health roadmap for pharma, medical devices and insurance tech

COVID-19 has massively accelerated the uptake of digital health technology across the whole ecosystem, with important implications for pharma, medical device and insurance tech companies. The key trends for these sectors are identified and analysed in a new white paper from Healthware Group that offers guidance on how companies can best adjust to the new …

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INVEST Pitch Perfect winner spotlight: Oshi builds digital approach for oft-overlooked GI conditions

As awareness grows around GI conditions, startup Oshi Health is building a platform to connect people to teams of clinicians and health coaches to better manage their symptoms. Judges picked the startup as the health services winner for MedCity INVEST’s Pitch Perfect contest. 

Bone Health Nabs $2.5M for Vibration Belt to Treat Osteopenia & Prevent Osteoporosis

What You Should Know: – Bone Health Technologies, a San Francisco-based provider of technologies for improving bone health, announces today the close of its $2.5 million funding round and the appointment of three board members: Karen Drexler, MBA, Nancy Lynch, MD, MBA and Sam Goldberger, MD, MBA.  – 1 in 2 women and 1 in …

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Halma Acquires AI-Powered Perinatal Platform PeriGen for $58M

– Halma, a UK global group of life-saving technology companies that provide innovative solutions to key problems facing the world today has acquired PeriGen, a leader in artificial intelligence that improves safety during childbirth for $58M in cash. – The acquisition provides access to a supportive network and additional resources so that PeriGen can expand its perinatal safety technology throughout the U.S. and beyond. – PeriGen’s software runs at hundreds …

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Deep Dive: Market Access

It’s fair to say this is the most interesting time ever for market access. Not only has COVID forced companies, governments and healthcare systems to work towards approving drugs and vaccines in record times, the sector is also facing an influx of digital therapeutics and advanced drugs that don’t fit neatly into existing access frameworks. …

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CVS Health Launches Employer-Based COVID-19 Vaccination Program

What You Should Know: Today, CVS Health announced it recently began administering COVID-19 vaccines at employer-based vaccination clinics through Return Ready, the company’s comprehensive COVID-19 solution that helps employers return and maintain healthy workforces. – With vaccine hesitancy on the rise, federal and state governments are looking to partners, like employers and CVS Health, to help by making …

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Amwell Integrates Biobeat’s Wearable RPM Devices with Virtual Care Platform

What You Should Know: –  Amwell, who has collaborated with Biobeat, and will integrate Biobeat’s AI-powered wearable remote patient monitoring solutions into its Converge virtual care platform. – The integration will allow clinicians using Amwell’s Converge platform to continuously monitor patient vitals and receive deterioration alerts directly to their mobile phones via Biobeat’s AI-powered, automated real-time early warning …

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How Mobile Channels Improve Patient Engagement and Outcomes

Jeanae DuBois, Chief Marketing Officer, Bitwise Technology Consulting The past year’s pandemic struck a painful blow to health organizations’ pre-COVID patient engagement efforts. A recent report detailed fewer patient visits amidst coronavirus fears and stay-at-home orders. People are simply not going into clinics to address non-COVID medical needs. The result is more serious health issues …

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Kaia Health gets $75m for digital solution to strains and pains of pandemic workplace

Kaia Health has just announced a $75 million funding round for its technology, aimed at improving musculoskeletal (MSK) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care. Founder and CEO Konstantin Mehl spoke to pharmaphorum’s news editor Richard Staines about why these treatments will be in demand as the world emerges from the pandemic. To say that …

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With new funding, digital physical therapy startup Kaia strikes partnerships with clinicians  

Kaia Health, a startup providing app-based programs for musculoskeletal conditions and COPD, recently raised $75 million in funding. As competitors look to round out their platforms with other services, Kaia is looking to strike partnerships with clinicians. 

Cigna Becomes First Plan to Reimburse for Behavioral Health Coaching Via Ginger

What You Should Know: – Cigna just announced that they’re the first national plan to reimburse for behavioral health coaching, a new covered benefit available now to 14M members through Ginger. Essentially, Cigna customers with employer-sponsored or individual and family (IFP) insurance plans (14M of their 16M members) can access Ginger’s behavioral health coaching, therapy, and …

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Digital Therapeutics Startup Kaia Health Raises $75M to Optimize MSK & COPD Care

What You Should Know: – Digital therapeutics company, Kaia Health, has raised $75M Series C round (total: $125M) to expand clinical capabilities and transform the treatment path for Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care in the U.S. and Europe. – The Series C round was led by an unnamed leading growth equity fund with support from …

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Kry secures $300m to expand virtual GP consultation services in Europe

Digital healthcare firm Kry has secured a €262 million ($300m) investment to expand its app-based virtual GP consultation services in Europe. Operating as Livi in the UK and France said the Series D funding roud was led by CPP Investments and Fidelity Management & Research, with participation from existing investors including the Ontario Teachers’ Pension …

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Direct Pay Healthcare Marketplace Sesame Nabs $24M to Expand its Nationwide Telehealth Offerings

What You Should Know: – Sesame, a New York City-based direct-pay healthcare company, announced that it has raised an additional $24 million, bringing Sesame’s total capital raised to just under $50 million since its founding in 2019. New investments come from Giant Ventures, Industry Ventures and Coefficient Capital, along with existing investors like General Catalyst.  …

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T-Mobile, Zyter Partner to Deliver Virtual Healthcare for Underserved Communities

What You Should Know: – T-Mobile and Zyter are partnering to bring virtual healthcare solutions — including telehealth and remote patient monitoring and care team collaboration — to more healthcare organizations and their patients, providing access to virtual care for underserved communities. – Under the terms of this agreement, Zyter and T-Mobile will collaborate to …

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TytoCare Launches Telehealth Solution in Italy via Multimed Partnership

What You Should Know: – TytoCare has partnered with Multimed, a leading distribution and commercialization company providing medical devices, surgical instruments, robotics and safety devices, who will exclusively introduce TytoCare to the Italian public healthcare market. – The Italian healthcare system expressed significant demand for TytoCare’s telehealth platform as a solution to help fight the rapid outbreak …

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Teladoc Health Appoints Claus Jensen as Chief Innovation Officer

Claus Jensen, Chief Innovation Officer at Teladoc Health What You Should Know: – Teladoc Health, Inc., the global leader in whole-person virtual care, has named Claus Jensen as chief innovation officer to lead the research and development team.  – Claus brings more than 20 years of experience from leading healthcare and technology companies including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), Danske Bank, …

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Accolade Acquires Virtual Primary Care Platform PlushCare for $450M

What You Should Know: – Accolade, Inc. today announced an agreement to acquire PlushCare, a leading provider of virtual primary care and mental health treatment. – Under the terms of the agreement, the purchase price of up to $450 million will consist of $40 million in cash, $340 million in Accolade common stock, and up to an additional $70 …

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Current Health Lands $43M to Support Global Expansion of Remote Care Management Platform

What You Should Know: – Today, Current Health, a Boston-based enterprise remote care management company announced that it has raised $43M in Series B financing. The Series B financing, which comes from top healthcare and pharma VCs, such as NorthPond Ventures and LRV Health, as well as a leading hospital system, OSF Innovation, will help …

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InterWell Health Raises $46M to Drive Innovation in Value-Based Renal Care

What You Should Know: – Interwell Health, the leading physician organization driving innovation in the renal industry, announced the closing of a Series B round of equity funding of over $46 million, expanding Interwell’s investor group of premier, visionary nephrology practices across the country. – Through its network of more than 1,400 nephrologist network participants, …

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HHS reverses previous administration’s push to deregulate more than 80 medical devices

In the final days of the Trump Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services sought to deregulate 83 different types of medical devices, citing a lack of reported adverse events. But the Food and Drug Administration put an end to the sudden reversal, saying the proposed exemptions were “flawed.” 

Health2047 Spins Out SiteBridge Research Launches to Improve Clinical Trial Access for Small and Community Physician Practices

What You Should Know: – Health2047, the innovation arm of the American Medical Association, today announced the spinout of a new company, SiteBridge Research, that offers a more accessible way for a broader set of physicians and their patients to participate in clinical research. – SiteBridge Research creates a network of independent, small practice physicians to gather …

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Seqster bags $12m funding for patient data platform

Digital health player Seqster has raised $12 million in first-round financing that will be used to develop its data platform, which aims to put all a patient’s medical history in one easily-accessible place.  The Series A was led by OmniHealth Holdings, with repeat investor Takeda and Anne Wojcicki – chief executive and founder of genetic …

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The next five years of NICE: Challenges, opportunities, and the future of technology assessment

If NICE is to remain a “beacon of evidence-based medicine”, it must become more agile, more flexible, and more ready to adapt – and COVID-19 has proved that it is more than capable of doing so. NICE is about to undergo a complete transformation in a bid to get ready – and stay ready – …

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70% of Patients Prefer A Virtual Waiting Room, Survey Reveals

What You Should Know: – Nearly 70% of patients would prefer a “virtual waiting room” than arriving at the office in person and completing the paperwork in a waiting room, according to survey results from LifeLink Systems. – The survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Lifelink Systems, polled more than 2,400 U.S. adults across age, income, ethnic, and geographic groups ). Survey participants …

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GoodRx Acquires HealthiNation to Expand Offering to Manufacturers

What You Should Know: – GoodRx just announced the acquisition of HealthiNation, a leading producer of original health videos, as part of its continued investment in delivering high-quality content and information, and expanding its offering to pharmaceutical manufacturers. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – GoodRx works with manufacturers to deliver affordability solutions …

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Virta Health Raises $133M to Expand Type 2 Diabetes Reversal Platform

What You Should Know: – Virta Health, a San Francisco, CA-based company raises $133M led by , to scale its virtual metabolic clinic and approach to reversing chronic metabolic conditions (type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, and obesity) to the masses led by Tiger Global. – The Series E financing follows a recent $65 million raise in …

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Better Therapeutics begins ‘real world’ study of digital diabetes therapy

After announcing plans to go public, prescription digital therapeutics (DTx) firm Better Therapeutics has begun a “real world” study to test whether its BT-001 prescription cognitive behavioural therapy tool could change behaviours that are the root cause of type 2 diabetes. The company has begun the open-label, non-randomised, controlled study to test whether the durability …

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Microsoft puts AI at heart of digital health strategy with Nuance deal

Microsoft has made its aspirations in digital health clear with a whopping $19.7 billion deal to buy Nuance Communications and its artificial intelligence platform for speech recognition that is increasingly being used for clinical applications.  The $56 per share deal is all about increasing Microsoft’s position in digital health, and represents a hefty multiple on …

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Google Cloud Expands Intelligent Vaccine Impact Solution to Support Vaccine Equity

What You Should Know: – Google Cloud today launched an expanded virtual agent as part of its Intelligent Vaccine Impact solution (IVIs). People will be able to schedule vaccine appointments and ask common questions through a virtual agent, Contact Center AI. – Contact Center AI (CCAI), one core component of the Intelligent Vaccine Impact solution, scales …

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Medable Raises $78M to Expand Decentralized Clinical Trials Platform for Patient-Centered Drug Development

What You Should Know: – Medable, Inc., a Palo Alto, CA-based global platform for decentralized clinical trials today announced $78M in new funding to fuel advances in the delivery of digital and decentralized clinical trials, accelerating the industry’s shift to patient-centered drug development. The funding was led by Sapphire Ventures, along with new investor Obvious Ventures and follow-on investment …

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Decentralized Clinical Trials: Surviving & Thriving in the Clinical Research World of COVID-19

Zach Henderson, Chief Commercial Officer, Glooko As with so many aspects of our daily lives, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical trials was both widespread and monumental. Thousands of trials—an estimated 80% of non-COVID-19 trials—came to a halt or were interrupted by the pandemic, which challenged the ability to conduct trials safely and …

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7wireVentures & EHIR Partner to Accelerate the Adoption of Digital Health Solutions

What You Should Know: – 7wireVentures, an early-stage digital health venture capital firm, and Employer Health Innovation Roundtable (EHIR), a coalition of the largest and most progressive employers, health plans, and health systems are announcing a partnership to accelerate digital health innovation and improve consumer health, wellness, and productivity. – Together, the two organizations will facilitate …

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AXA partners Microsoft on ‘all-in-one’ digital health platform

European insurance giant AXA has stepped up an alliance with Microsoft to develop an international digital health platform on the back of successful pilots in Germany and Italy last year.  The aim is to develop an “all-in-one” digital platform featuring a self-assessment tool, a personalised medical concierge service for appointment booking, and teleconsultations, along with …

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Validic Integrates Medical Device Data with Wellframe App

What You Should Know: – Today, Wellframe and Validic® announced a strategic collaboration today, empowering Wellframe members to integrate medical device data within the Wellframe mobile app. This integration with Validic will first enable Wellframe users to track their blood glucose levels across 50 glucometer devices, right from the Wellframe app. Wellframe’s ability to collect …

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Led by Sequoia, Benchling Raises $200M to Accelerate R&D Cloud Platform

– Today Benchling, the leading life and sciences R&D cloud, announced a $200M Series E raise led by Sequoia Capital Global Equities and joined by Altimeter Capital, Byers Capital, and Elad Gil. This funding will be used to aggressively invest in product development and global expansion to support enterprise customers. The raise is also joined …

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Medtronic Launches World’s First 7-Day Wear Infusion Set to Reduce Burden for People with Diabetes

What You Should Know: – Medtronic has announced the launch of the world’s first and only infusion set that can be worn for up to seven days (instead of the typical three) in select European countries. The infusion set is responsible for delivering insulin from the pump into the body. This new infusion set is …

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OpenLoop Raises $3M to Expand Digital Health Marketplace for Clinicians

What You Should Know: – Techstars-backed OpenLoop raises $3M in funding to expand digital health marketplace to connect certified clinicians to telehealth opportunities. – The company plans to use the funding to This financing enables OpenLoop to expedite the development of their marketplace technology and grow their team of experts. OpenLoop, a Des Moines, Iowa-based …

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Komodo Health Launches Next-Gen AI to Accelerate Innovation and Close Gaps in Care

What You Should Know: – Today, Komodo Health is capping off a month-long flurry of activity by announcing the launch of its Prism and Sentinel solutions — opening up access to its Healthcare Map to drive the next generation of AI innovation.  – Prism and Sentinel allows life sciences teams to tap into detailed patient behaviors and treatment patterns …

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AI device cleared by FDA to spot lesions during colonoscopy

The FDA has approved the first artificial intelligence-powered device that can be used to help identify colorectal lesions during the millions of colonoscopies carried out each year in the US.  Cosmo Pharma’s GI Genius is a hardware and software bundle that overlays the images generated by an endoscope camera with green marker squares – accompanied …

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Q1 2021 Health IT/Digital Health PC/VE, M&A, IPOs/ SPACs Activity

The first quarter of 2021 has been one of investor optimism as the vaccine rollout continues ahead of expectations and economic activity begins to accelerate in response.  Within the Health IT industry, the already strong investment and M&A trends seen in 2020 have only accelerated.  Over the course of the quarter, we observed $7 billion in private …

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AWS Launches Next Phase of Diagnostic Development Initiative

What You Should Know: – Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched the next phase of Diagnostic Development Initiative and expanded funding scope. – In the first phase of the initiative, AWS has supported 87 organizations to date through this effort ranging from startups, nonprofits, research institutions, and businesses in 17 countries and awarded $8 million in computing credits and customized expertise from AWS Solutions Architects and the AWS …

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TytoCare & GIVA Care Partner to Bring Telehealth to Ukraine

What You Should Know: – TytoCare has partnered with GIVA Care Group, a leading healthcare distribution company, to bring its all-in-one remote examination solution to the Ukrainian healthcare industry. – The partnership with GIVA Care will mark the first implementation of the TytoCare telehealth solution in Eastern Europe. As the sole distributor of TytoCare in Ukraine, GIVA Care is making the solution available to local physicians and healthcare systems across the country as well as selling it directly …

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Why the Digital-First, Patient-Centered Care is Critical to Healthcare

Michael D. Robinson Vice President, Healthcare North America at VMware In the turmoil of one of the hardest years the healthcare industry has experienced, many healthcare organizations innovated nearly overnight, transforming bedside tablets into virtual care providers and parking garages into field hospitals. Through the help of agile, flexible technology, healthcare has empowered providers to …

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Exscientia starts trials of first AI-derived cancer immunotherapy

Exscientia was the first company to start human trials of a new drug designed using artificial intelligence (AI) last year, and now says it has started testing of the first AI candidate for immuno-oncology.  Oxford, UK-based Exscientia has been working with German biotech Evotec on the adenosine A2a receptor antagonist, which is being tested as …

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Healx deploys its AI in hunt for Friedreich’s ataxia therapies

UK artificial intelligence specialist Healx has begun a partnership with two medical charities that aims to uncover new therapies for the neurodegenerative disease Friedreich’s ataxia (FA).  Healx has joined forces with Ataxia UK and the US-based Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA) on the project, and will use its AI-powered drug discovery platform Healnet to try …

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Dedalus Completes Acquisition of DXC’s Provider Healthcare Business – M&A Analysis

What You Should Know: Last week saw Dedalus complete the purchase of DXC’s healthcare provider business for $450M, a deal that was originally announced in July 2020.   – DXC was created in 2017 via the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) – Dedalus has been through a rapid …

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Philips, Ibex Medical Analytics Partner on AI-Powered Digital Pathology Adoption

What You Should Know: – Philips and Ibex Medical Analytics announced a strategic partnership to globally commercialize clinically proven, AI-powered digital pathology solutions. The collaboration further cements Philips’ commitment to integrated diagnostics providing a clear path to precision diagnosis. – The trend towards centralized pathology labs, the global shortage of trained pathologists, and increasing demands on histopathology …

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Digital tool will be tested against COVID-19 ‘brain fog’

A digital tool used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is being tested to see if it can help counter lingering, fuzzy thinking in COVID-19 survivors, a condition sometimes known as ‘brain fog’. An app called EndeavorRx – developed by PureTech Health-backed Akili Interactive – will be tested in two clinical trials to see if …

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Kaiser Names Diane Come New Chief Technology Officer

Diane Comer, Chief Technology Officer at Kaiser Permanente What You Should Know: – Kaiser Permanente announced today that Diane Comer has been named the new chief information technology officer. – In this role, she will lead Kaiser Permanente’s focus on developing and delivering innovative, strategic initiatives that improve the employee and consumer experience, and on …

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Cardinal Health and Deep Lens Collaborate for AI-based Oncology Clinical Trial Matching

What You Should Know: – Today, Deep Lens and Cardinal Health announced a strategic collaboration that will integrate Deep Lens’ AI-based clinical trial matching solution, VIPER, into community-based oncology practices throughout the Cardinal network. VIPER will be a part of Cardinal Health’s new Navista advanced suite of technology solutions designed to help oncologists improve outcomes, …

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Digital Companion App Empathy Raises $13M to Help Families Deal with Death

What You Should Know: – Today, Empathy, a digital companion app combining technology and human support to empower bereaved families, is coming out of stealth with $13M in seed funding, backed by major VC firms including General Catalyst and Aleph.  – Empathy’s technology streamlines the bureaucracy around loss – freeing families to deal with emotional repercussions and …

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Blue Shield of CA Expands into Digital Health with Wellvolution Expansion

What You Should Know: – Blue Shield of California is enhancing its popular Wellvolution program by adding two new services that provide personalized care and nutrition support for members living with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes. – Wellvolution is a digitally based lifestyle medicine and health platform that can be personalized to each …

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FDA green lights Oxehealth vital signs monitoring software

UK digital health company Oxehealth has claimed FDA approval for software that can be used to remotely measure vital signs like heart and breathing rates from a camera feed.  Oxehealth Vital Signs – which has been approved as a class IIa medical device in Europe since 2018 – operates as part of the company’s Oxevision …

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Wales forms authority to drive digital health in NHS

A new organisation dedicated to increasing the use of digital health in the NHS in Wales has come into being, 18 months after the move was first unveiled by the Welsh government.  Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW) – which has emerged from the now defunct NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS) – will be tasked …

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Mastercard, b.well Team Up on Digital Health Patient ID Verification for Interoperability

What You Should Know: –  b.well Connected Health today announced a partnership with Mastercard to provide individuals a simpler and more secure way to prove their identity online and in-person when accessing healthcare services. – The partnership enables healthcare organizations to provide their members and patients with a biometric alternative to verify their identity in-person or virtually, replacing …

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Oneview Healthcare Launches Cloud-Based Virtual Care Experience Platform

What You Should Know:  – Oneview Healthcare collaborated with long-time client, NYU Langone Health, to roll out a virtual patient engagement platform in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.  – CXP Cloud Enterprise powered by Microsoft Azure technology with the use of Samsung tablets, helps engage patients, reduce non-clinical demands on care teams …

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CVS Health Inks Larger PBM Contract with Federal Employee Program, Adds Specialty Pharmacy Care

What You Should Know: – Today, CVS Caremark, the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) of CVS Health announced a larger PBM contract with the Government-wide Service Benefit Plan (also known as the Federal Employee Program), which has provided benefits to the federal workforce for 60 years and covers 5.5 million employees, retirees and their families. CVS …

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